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International charities have issued a stark warning a looming humanitarian catastrophe in Ethiopia. The North African country has been hit its worst drought 50 years. It is widely expected that emergency food aid 10 million Ethiopians will run unless more funds can be found. John Graham, the head the charity Save the Children Ethiopia, said: "The international community has just three weeks to provide $245 million emergency food aid to help prevent a potentially catastrophic escalation severe malnutrition cases." He added that: "If these emergency funds do not arrive time, there is no question that there will be a critical fracture the food aid supply pipeline."

Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country. It is no stranger natural disasters of this kind. Famine killed one million Ethiopians 1984. The latest drought was brought by the El Nino weather phenomenon, which has caused drought and flooding across much of Africa. Ethiopia is one the countries hardest hit. Charities say that 400,000 Ethiopian children the age of five will suffer severe malnutrition this year. In addition, 1.7 million under-fives, pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers will need treatment malnutrition. Mr Graham warned that, "the window action is rapidly closing" as it can take four months to buy food aid and transport it the landlocked country.

 
 

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